Gigabyte has just unveiled its new flagship socket AM3+ motherboard, which features an up to date feature set. The 990FX-Gaming is part of a new wave of motherboards AMD promised which will bring with them modern connectivity like USB 3.1 and M.2 slots with NVMe support.
Out of the box the board supports AMD’s 220W FX-9000 series processors as well as the latest FX-8370. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The AM3+ socket is wired to the AMD 990FX north bridge as well as four DDR3 DIMM slots, which support up to 64GB dual-channel DDR3-2400 MHz memory. This chip gives the board two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots.
The board has a third PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slot, which is wired to the SB950 southbridge. As far as storage goes you have six SATA 6GB/s ports, and a M.2 (20 GB/s) slot. The board features two USB 3.1 ports and four USB 3.0 ports. For networking you get the Killer E2201 controller. Audio is taken care of by Gigabyte’s AMP-UP audio solution which includes a 110 dBA SNR CODEC, a TI Burr Brown OPA2134 user-replaceable OPAMP, Nichicon Muse capacitors, and ground-layer isolation.
Expected pricing for the board should be around $150.